A Quick Victory Over France

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Failing to achieve a quick victory over France in 1914, Germany faced war on two fronts. With no back up plan, Germany made little attempt to adapt its strategy over the course of the war. In light of this, Kuhn’s model for scientific revolutions coupled with Delbruck’s scientific study of history shed light on the actions of the German High Command as well as the consequences of those actions. In short, the High Command’s inability to adapt during World War I was due to its insistence on the strategy of annihilation, the ignorance of anomalies, and the blatant disregard to consider Delbruck’s ideas and proposals.
To begin, Kuhn’s model addresses how scientists arrive at new knowledge from periodic revolutions or “paradigm shifts.” “Normal science” is research based on achievements where established rules and standards leave little disagreement among practitioners concerning the fundamentals. Consequently, problem solving uses a predetermined solution that generally fails to account for anomalies. Scientists become aware of this, yet they hold on to the existing theory. This continues until the theory weakens and other possibilities are considered. At a given point, crisis occurs, which may result in a revolution and the subsequent redefining of science and rewriting of texts within the subject area.
Comparatively, Delbruck used various scientific methodologies to provide new explanations of historical events. He reconstructed battles from the Persian Wars to those of…
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